Over the past four weeks, we’ve introduced and discussed the first four letters of STEAM – Science, Technology, Engineering, and the Arts. It’s now time to reveal our final letter, which is M for Math! With the addition of this final element to STEAM, we complete our all-encompassing 21st century curriculum.
Math is simply the logic of shape, quantity, and arrangement, and can be as simple as a basic algebra equation or as elaborate as the formulas developed in designing roller coasters. At Everbrook Academy, children apply different math processes to help them problem solve, measure, and make decisions or conclusions based off reason.
Understanding math is essential for lifelong success, whether personal or professional. At home, math is needed to manage personal finances or to try a new recipe for dinner. At work, more advanced skills may be required to excel on the job, such as careers in architecture, medicine, business, etc.
Morgan the Mathematician is the member of our STEAM Team who encourages children to discover uses for math in daily life, whether it’s in putting together a puzzle or counting the number of carrots at snack time! Exploring math skills also helps further develop our 4Cs of 21st century learning:
Critical Thinking | Communication | Collaboration | Creativity
AT-HOME ACTIVITY IDEA: Our “Stacking Blocks” activity is a fabulous way for children to strengthen simple math skills while also utilizing the other elements of STEAM. Children can hypothesize about the height of their structure, describe what it looks like, and count the number of blocks in their tower.